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West Texas A&M Remains the Unanimous No. 1 in the NFCA Division II Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – West Texas A&M (40-4) remained the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the NFCA Division II softball rankings for the second consecutive week after receiving all 16 possible first-place votes from the Association’s Top 25 Committee.

The Lady Buffs continued on top of the poll for the eighth straight week after posting an unbeaten effort that included doubleheader sweeps of Lubbock Christian (W 3-2 in 8 inn, W 10-2 in 5 inn.) and Eastern New Mexico (W 10-1 in 5 inn., W 11-2 in 5 inn.). 

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Despite the end of its school-record 19-game winning streak, Cal State Monterey Bay (38-6) still managed some program history, climbing a pair of spots to reach an all-time high ranking of No. 2 in the nation after winning three-of-four against Chico State. The Otters have now prevailed in 29 of their last 31 overall match-ups dating back to February 22. 

A nine-game winning skein, that included last weekend’s sweep of Christian Brothers, helped Alabama-Huntsville (33-6) leap four positions to third. North Georgia (40-8) improved its own victory streak to an impressive 15 straight and rose from eighth to No. 4 following sweeps of Young Harris, Columbus State and Georgia Southwestern State. A 4-2 mark with triumphs over Maryville and St. Joseph’s helped off-set a pair of 2-0 shutout defeats at the hands of Indianapolis as UMSL (30-5) still managed to advance a single spot into this week’s top five. 

Emporia State (36-9), Angelo State (35-9) and Humboldt State (37-11) held down positions six through eight, respectively. The sixth-ranked Hornets split a doubleheader against then-No. 22 Central Oklahoma and swept Northeastern State but still switched places in this week’s poll with UMSL. The Rambelles leapt from No. 10 to No. 7 after winning both ends of DH’s against then-No. 3 St. Mary’s (TX) and Texas A&M-Kingsville, while eighth-rated Humboldt State rose a slot after tallying a 3-1 record versus Sonoma State. 

Just a week after achieving the program’s all-time high at No. 2 in the poll, Tampa (29-5) plummeted to ninth in the latest listing. Despite the Spartans managing to win two-of-three during their series in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., against unranked Nova Southeastern, the main culprit behind the precipitous drop proved to be a 2-1 defeat to the Sharks in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. 

A busy 7-2 week, which included a victory over Felician, DH splits against both Pace and LIU Post and sweeps of New Haven and U. Sciences, allowed Caldwell (26-4) to climb from 11th into the NFCA Division II Top 10 for the first time in 2014.

Currently riding a 22-game winning streak, Minnesota State-Mankato (32-6) skyrocketed into the rankings at No. 12. The Mavericks were joined as new entrants by No. 22 California (Pa.) (19-4), No. 24 Indianapolis (29-7) and No. 25 Winona State (28-6). Former No. 14 Wayne State (MI) (25-9), No. 20 North Alabama (33-12), No. 22 Central Oklahoma (35-11) and No. 23 West Chester (27-13) all dropped from the poll into the group of “others receiving votes.” 

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.